Saving the World for Children Everywhere while there is still time.
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July 30, 2019 at 6:34 am #37633Steven Earl SalmonyGuest
The ecological science of human population dynamics adequately-enough explains why we are facing an incredible Global Predicament (Hopfenberg and Pimentel, 2001; Hopfenberg, 2003; Hopfenberg, 2017). But the research does not provide anyone with any quick fixes. It does, however, point out one possible way of going forward to a sustainable social world order. A creative, reality-oriented, careful and skillful transformation of the global political economy would be necessary.
Take a moment to reflect upon the way in which a thoughtful and systematic redistribution of the world’s abundant food resources, if implemented simultaneously with limits placed on annual increases in total food production, would feed the human population and stabilize absolute human population numbers. Unfalsified research of human population dynamics makes clear that the UN mantra “food production must be increased annually to meet the needs of a growing population,” is a widely shared and consensually validated fool’s errand. If ever the human community is sensibly and meaningfully able to restrain the bacteria-like growth of absolute global human population numbers (recall that human population dynamics is essentially similar to the population dynamics of other species), limiting increases only in total annual food production for human consumption must be a part of any program of action provided superabundant harvests are also simultaneously and fairly redistributed so as to assure substantial baseline subsistence to people everywhere on the planet. Such a program will lead naturally to population stabilization initially and population reduction in the long term, all the while curtailing human starvation. This approach is to be viewed as an all-too-human effort to mimic Nature’s way, another example of biomimicry.
July 30, 2019 at 10:18 am #37635Steven Earl SalmonyGuest
Let us agree that if food is fairly and equitably distributed so that people everywhere are sensibly fed, that action would also increase absolute global human population numbers. It would be necessary for us to distribute simultaneously universal, free, easily accessible, safe and voluntary contraception for both females and males.
August 20, 2019 at 6:04 am #37887Steven Earl SalmonyGuest
Perhaps the immutable forces of Nature are beginning to take charge of the total food supply for human consumption. That is to say, Nature is taking control of the human food supply out of human hands where that control has resided for the past 10,000 years. There is something terrible and tragic in the course of human events that is happening now; that does not have to happen. Something is occurring that is human-induced and over which human beings could at least make the effort to exert some degree of control.
But there are rulers among us in the human community who have “set the course” for our celestial spaceship and make “the rules of the house” by which all live. They are the self-proclaimed masters of the universe, the primary beneficiaries of an unfolding worldwide tragedy that every one of us is looking at even if some cannot yet see it. In a patently unsustainable way “the powers that be” are managing the ever expanding global political economy in the planetary home we are blessed to inhabit. They govern by deploying the principles and practices of disaster capitalism enabled by a rapidly rising tide of fascism. By so doing, they will shortly produce a global ecological wreckage of some unimaginable sort.
Questions: Will the masters of the universe be influenced by human beings with feet of clay to make the necessary effort to chart a different course for our “ship of nation-states” toward sustainability and the realization of United Nations SDG Goals?
Or will “the powers that be” be permitted to continue clamoring daily for more production, more consumption and more population growth as they recklessly produce the existential circumstances that result in the extirpation of Earth’s biodiversity, the relentless dissipation of its finite resources, the irreversible degradation of its frangible ecology, and the destruction of Earth as a fit place for human habitation?
Although our ‘window of opportunity’ to make necessary behavior change is closing, there is still precious time remaining in which human beings with feet of clay can speak truth to the powers that be and act carefully in ways that help the rulers begin making required adjustments in the lifestyles of individuals and in corporate practices which can alter our current ruinous course because the global economy could soon become unsustainable.
So we are now here….. headed nowhere any human being with feet of clay wants to go. The captains of industry are in charge atop their high-rising Towers of Babel shouting, FULL SPEED AHEAD. And Greta Thunberg is sailing to America to save the world for children everywhere from those elders who have mortgaged their children’s future and stolen their birthright. May the winds be ever at Greta’s back.
Steven Earl Salmony, Ph.D., M.P.A.
AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population
Chapel Hill, NC
August 28, 2019 at 6:46 am #37921Steven Earl SalmonyGuest
The human-driven global ecological challenges looming ominously before humanity on our watch require a new kind of leader, a global ecological institution similar to the global economy, and necessary behavior changes by individuals, groups and corporate ‘personhoods’. Consider the empowerment of a Global Ecological Preservation Institution (GEPI) that matches in size and forcefulness the colossal Global Political Economy. This “economic colossus” is casting so giant a shadow over the surface of Earth that it threatens future human well being and environmental health. People with power in the GEPI will be able to enforce the words, “We cannot do anything that harms God’s Creation needlessly.” Economy would be subordinated permanently to Ecology.
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